Federalism in the Second Republic's Third Century

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I advance three propositions: (1) that the absence of amendment has not in the past, and need not in the future, stand as a barrier to startling redistribution of governmental powers; (2) that many of the circumstances which can be identified as historical precursors of such power shifts stalk current institutional arrangements at both the state and national levels and underpin the vague feeling that government just does not seem to work; and (3) that there is a new dimension to the debate which must be acknowledged if we are to profit from the experience we have already launched.

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Daniel Wm. Fessler (University of California, Davis)

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